Lincoln UK

Today I went on a school trip to Lincoln in Lincolnshire. Its a small old town that used to be the fourth largest and most important city in England. While its existed it has been controlled by Anglos, Saxons, Vikings and Romans. There is still a standing cathedral which is the fourth largest in England and most of a castle.

When you enter the city, you are faced with a massive glorious cathedral and old cobblestone streets. This all lies at the top of a large hill. As you travel down the hill, the town gets newer.

The cathedral when you first enter the city

The cathedral when you first enter the city

The streets are really quaint and the buildings are really well kept.

the streets of Lincoln

the streets of Lincoln

 

Walking toward teh cathedral

Walking toward the cathedral

It was pretty cheap to go on tours so I took a tour of the cathedral and of the castle. But before doing that, I enjoyed my first Americano in England. The coffee served in this cellar coffee, tea and book shop is all made in the top of the same building. The tea and coffee is sold here by the kilogram as well. Since I don’t have a coffee maker or tea pot I just opted for a take-a-way (that’s what they call a to-go drink).

Inside the coffee/tea/bookstore

Inside the coffee/tea/bookstore

Here is the Lincoln Cathedral

Entering the cathedral

Entering the cathedral

 

The view when you first enter the cathedral. This was before we started our tour

The view when you first enter the cathedral. This was before we started our tour

The tour was really informative. The windows shown below all depict Bible figures and stories from the Old Testament. On the other side of the cathedral are stained glass windows depicting New Testament stories and teachings of Jesus.

Some of the details in the stone carving.

Some of the details in the stone carving.

 

Close up of the stained glass artwork

Close up of the stained glass artwork

My favorite of the stained glass windows is a themed window. Its one that rather than telling a story, tells a theme. The theme of this window was the importance of learning. It starts with Samuel at the bottom, then Jesus as a young boy, then Jesus teaching his disciples. This was my favorite window because it was dedicated to George Bool the famous mathematician who created Boolean Algebra. I got pretty excited when the tour guide told us that. I am sure I looked pretty strange running up to it in my rain boots and capturing a photo while everyone watched.

Themed window dedicated to George Bool

Themed window dedicated to George Bool

Throughout the cathedral are tons of stained glass windows. The most notable are at the North, South, East and West ends. The West end was beautiful and meant to signify the beginning of your life with Christ. The East end represented the end of our journey and the entrance into heaven. The South end of the cathedral held a large circular window that was suppose to serve as the Bishop’s eye. The story goes that the eye (window) watched the town to be sure there was no wickedness occurring. ┬áThe North end of a cathedral is considered evil. Thus the window here was supposed to serve as a shield from that evil.

Window at the East end

Window at the East end

The Bishop's Eye at the South end

The Bishop’s Eye at the South end

The North end

The North end

The West End

The West End

 

What amazed me most was all the details of the cathedral. Everywhere had hours and hours of work carved into it hundreds of years ago!

Entry way to the choir room

Entry way to the choir room

 

The Organ

The Organ

 

The Angels room at the furthest West end of the cathedral

The Angels room at the furthest West end of the cathedral

 

The choir room

The choir room

The cathedral was really cold so when the tour was finished. I found a nice tea shop next to a fudgery and enjoyed eating sweets and drinking tea with my American friend, Rob.

My cup of tea just before I added milk to it.

My cup of tea just before I added milk to it.

A view of the cuteness of this tea shop

A view of the cuteness of this tea shop

 

Now that we were both warm, Rob and I joined a guided tour of the castle ruins. The castle is currently being renovated. By the time it is finished, one will be able to walk around the entire complete walls.

Entering the castle walls

Entering the castle walls

 

First view inside the castle

First view inside the castle

 

our super sweet tour guide.

our super sweet tour guide.

 

Yes I did have to climb these steps

Yes I did have to climb these steps

 

The view over the castle walls of the city of Lincoln

The view over the castle walls of the city of Lincoln

 

The castle walls that we walked down.

The castle walls that we walked down.

 

More of the city of Lincoln from above

More of the city of Lincoln from above

 

A View of part of the Castle.

A View of part of the Castle.

This is last picture (above) is where the villagers would barricade themselves if under attack. Later it was used for a graveyard.

 

Being on top of the walls of the castle was very cold! By the time we finished our tour, we were tired and hungry. So we stopped at the first place we saw and I had a traditional English lunch. The place we ate was called the Magna Carter and I had the turkey pie with pasties and peas. When you get meat pie they also give you gravy and lots of different condiments. I thought that was pretty cool and tried them all.

The Magna Carta restaurant

The Magna Carta restaurant

Super blurry picture of the inside of the Magna Carta

Super blurry picture of the inside of the Magna Carta

My turkey pie, pasties, and peas

My turkey pie, pasties, and peas

...AND all the condiments I tried

…AND all the condiments I tried

 

After lunch I explored some of Lincoln with Rob. My favorite thing was finding bookstores. We found one where the books were piled really high and there was basically no organization to the place. Amazingly if you asked the woman for a book she knew exactly where it was. I have decided to call her the Bookkeeper! Here are some pictures of this amazing place.

Outside the bookstore

Outside the bookstore

The most open space in the bookstore

The most open space in the bookstore

A typical shelf in the bookstore

A typical shelf in the bookstore

We wandered around the streets a bit more and found some interesting shops.

The streets of Lincoln

The streets of Lincoln

 

The most random shop I saw and there was no one around it.

The most random shop I saw and there was no one around it.

 

Not long after walking up and down the massive hill that dominates the town, it began raining. This was a great opportunity to expand our cultural and historical education. We went to two museums. The first was an archeology museum showing the history of Lincoln. That’s where I found this great guy.

My knight in shining armour

My knight in shining armour

 

 

Next we went to an Art museum. I love art and this was my favorite part of the day. I enjoyed it so much that I completely forgot to take pictures. I just walked around for an hour trying to imagine what the artist was thinking or what people thought the artist was thinking as they saw it. Some of the art was hundreds of years old. I was also surprised to find that I recalled learning about some of the artist in history class in high school.

 

By the time Rob dragged me out of the art museum, we had just a bit of time to enjoy one more tea shop. Knowing I wouldn’t survive the walk back to the bus stop without coffee, I opted for a latte. ┬áHere is a couple pictures of our last stop.

the tea room

the tea room

 

My delicious latte

My delicious latte

I would definitely say the day was a success. The next school trip is to Liverpool in February and I plan to visit family in Holland in a couple weeks, so be sure to check back.

 

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Brittany · January 25, 2014 Reply

    Amazing!!! I love how everything is brick and beautifully kept in Lincoln and the cathedral, wow! Also the castle, awesome. The bookstore… awesome. The tea places… also awesome. Can’t wait to hear more about the adventures!!!!! :D Love and miss you, sis!

  2. Joanna · January 25, 2014 Reply

    I love all the pictures! The castle and cathedral are absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Lizzy · January 25, 2014 Reply

    I loved reading about your day!!! It sounds so perfect :) I love how the windows look in the town. Also, that tea shop (the first one) is the cutest thig ever!!

  4. Becky Burney · January 25, 2014 Reply

    Love the pictures. I just want you to be sure and find your “knight in shining armor” here in America! Lol….It looks like you are having an amazing time.

  5. Derrik · January 26, 2014 Reply

    Love all of the pictures! Have to say reading about your day is pretty interesting. Keep exploring and having a great time! Be safe!
    #Livingvicariouslythroughyou

  6. Katarina · January 27, 2014 Reply

    I loved browsing through pics of the castle and cathedral! Almost makes me feel like I was there, vicariously…almost. Thanks for sharing!

  7. lakeville · April 7, 2014 Reply

    Highly descriptive post, I enjoyed that bit. Will there
    be a part 2?

    • Bethany Burney · April 10, 2014 Reply

      I am not planning any more trips to Lincoln, but there may be more trips around the UK before I leave. I am also about to set off on a Euro Trip, that I will blog about on my return.

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